With Mother’s Day week in full force I wanted to sit down and think about my one and only. Last Summer he was diagnosed with Adhd. I thought oh my and how can I make it better for him.?
Let me just say there are times I would rather stay home but other times it is nice to get out. My husband and I are lucky to get out alone so we normally do family dates. Somehow, it was easier when he was two. Now that he’s yearning towards four this June it can be a little more difficult. He still either needs to nap or go to bed early.
If A doesn’t get a nap then it can be hard and his hyperness may be unpredicatble. His hyperness sometimes can get the best of him. Knowing how to handle it ahead of time can be the easiest way to attack it.
When dining out, it can be a little different.
You definitely need to have the patience on both ends. A few tips to go by:
- I always call ahead of time to see what the wait will be before we even go to a restaurant. If it’s a 15 minute wait then it’s perfect. If it’s normally more than a 15 minute wait either we will wait in the car or choose a different restaurant. Like a morning brunch or prime time dinner.
- Going to a child friendly restaurant. Uno’s Pizzeria offers to give children pizza dough to play with while waiting for their order. My son always needs something to preoccupy his time or his hyperness will take over. Other places are nice enough to put in the order with appetizers so they can eat sooner.
- Bring a tablet or book. With technology today some restaurants are starting to offer tablets. Normally you have to pay to use the apps. If you bring your own tablet or Ipad you can always use free wifi most of the time. Using the tablet definitely helps my son distract his time. Also bringing our own coloring book and crayons works too. He tends to break the restaurant owned ones really quick.
- Take a walk. After we sit down, if it’s a long wait for our food I’ll take him for a mini walk. Sometimes we’ll even go outside and enjoy the weather if it’s nice out.
- Staying in a less compacted place in the restaurant works best. A normally doesn’t do well with huge overcrowding. He gets over stimulated and effects him tremendously.
Does your child suffer from hyperactivity? What do you do to help your toddlers dining experience?